Donald Trump firing Robert Mueller 'could provoke constitutional crisis', warns senator

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Calling Mueller a "fair and independent investigator", Warner said he was anxious about the "seemingly coordinated" nature of the critiques on the investigation.

The list of comments precluding the possibility of firing Mueller is long, and it now includes Trump himself. She also slammed the probe's legitimacy, Politico reported. White House lawyers have said anonymously that it's not happening, and Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow said two months ago, "You could only terminate a special counsel for cause, and we just don't see any basis for cause".

Warner's speech comes as Mueller is facing a growing number of Republicans who have been critical Mueller's probe for being biased against Trump.

But Virginia Senator Mr Warner, vice-chairman of the Intelligence Committee, warned "the President's track record on this front is a source of concern".


Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said on Wednesday that he is concerned about a "growing chorus of irresponsible and reckless" voices that are calling for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the president's ties to Russian Federation. The Special Counsel removed the agent from his team after messages describing the President as an "idiot" and "loathsome human" came to light.

He pointed out that Mueller may have a conflict of interest due to his friendship with former FBI Director James Comey, erred by not obtaining a warrant for the Trump transition team's emails and some of his investigators have an anti-Trump bias. But a poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling last week showed that 56 percent of Trump voters would support firing Mueller to end the investigation, compared with 17 percent who opposed such a move.

"Any attempt by this president to remove special counsel Mueller from his position, or to pardon key witnesses in any attempt to shield them from accountability or shut down the investigation, would be a gross abuse of power", Warner said. "These truly are red lines and simply can not allow them to be crossed". Rosenstein said nobody in the White House "has communicated to me the desire to remove Robert Mueller". On Sunday, he repeated that he had no plans to fire Mueller and stressed that there was "no collusion".

He added: "If the media is going to continue to ask for responses to every absurd and baseless rumour, attention-seeking partisans will continue to spread them".

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